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A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care is a continuing medical education activity:

This continuing medical education activity is jointly sponsored by Ciné-Med Inc. and Astute Technology.

Supported through unrestricted monies from the Office of Minority Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

“Informative, relevant, and engaging...A marvelous e-learning program that will improve the quality of care provided to all patients .... This is likely to be the ‘gold standard’ in cultural competency training for many years to come!” Robert C. Like, MD, MS
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Welcome to A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care at HHS OMH’s Think Cultural Health. Each of the programs featured on Think Cultural Health (TCH) are founded on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

In April 2013, the National CLAS Standards were re-released after undergoing a two-year enhancement initiative. This program, along with others featured on TCH, is scheduled to be under annual review for accreditation purposes and will be updated to reflect the National CLAS Standards enhancements.

To assist you during this transition, we recommend that you reference this crosswalk (PDF - 115 KB) and fact sheet (PDF - 59 KB) which will assist in understanding the numbering and organization of the re-released National CLAS Standards.

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The supplemental DVD for A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care has been replaced with online access to the video vignettes at https://cccm.ThinkCulturalHealth.hhs.gov/videos/index.asp!

Why Culturally Competent Care?


With the increasing diversity of the United States' population, physicians are more and more likely to encounter situations that require the delivery of culturally competent care, access to a vast array of language services, and supportive health care organizations.

arrowRegister today to start earning up to 9 free CME credits (Physicians and Physician Assistants) or 9 contact hours (Nurse Practitioners), while exploring engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care.

A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care meets the requirements set for by the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners. Information regarding the Statute, Regulation and Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. External Web Site Policy

You may earn up to nine AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ by completing the DHHS OMH curriculum.

Below you may view case highlights from this Web site:

Case Highlights


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A young Hispanic doctor wants the office staff to treat her patients better.
She is dismayed to overhear a staff member say, "There should be a law that everyone speaks English in this country!" How should she handle the situation?

Cultural Fact
Within 50 years, nearly half of the nation's population will be from cultures other than White, non-Hispanic, increasing needs to provide medical services to patients of diverse cultures or languages.

Why Use This Website?
Cultural and language differences may engender misunderstanding, lack of compliance, or other factors that negatively influence clinical situations.

Participants in this website will learn how staff members should be trained and educated in cultural competency.

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A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care Web site offers CME/CE credit and equips health care professionals with awareness, knowledge, and skills to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population they serve.